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Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Philadelphia Museum of Art General Admission
Ranked #1 of 443 things to do in Philadelphia
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: As one of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites visitors from around the world to explore its renowned collections, acclaimed special exhibitions, and enriching programs, both in person and online. Rising majestically at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Museum of Art stands as one of the great art institutions of the world. In the over 125 years since its founding, it has grown far beyond the limits originally set for it. Today, the Museum houses over 225,000 works of art encompassing some of the greatest achievements of human creativity, and offers a wealth of exhibitions and educational programs for a public of all ages.
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Washington, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Great collection!”
Reviewed September 14, 2006

It would take a couple days to see everything in this museum. We only had a few hours, so we jumped around to the sections we liked and enjoyed our experience immensely. I love the Impressionists and it has a wonderful collection of impressionist artwork. Little boys especially will like the armor exhibit.

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Sterling, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 364 helpful votes
“Good Place to Spend the Day”
Reviewed August 23, 2006

Although it is a pleasant walk up Ben Franklin Parkway to the Museum, we chose to take the Philly Phlash bus since it was very humid that day we went. The bus leaves you at the back entrance where you don't have to climb all those Rocky Steps to get in. For those of you who are AAA members, you get a small discount on admission. All the staff members we encountered were pleasant and helpful. We ended up spending several hours in the place--there is so much to see! However, there is one drawback to trying to see it all at once---after a while it can feel like being in a maze. For example, we would often wander into a room and then realize we were just there. In order to save time I recommend that if any type of art doesn't interest you, then skip seeing that particular collection. My husband and I aren't crazy about modern art so we didn't spend much time there. Another tip---if you find yourself getting tired, there is a snack bar on the second floor, stop there and have a soda and/or snack. You can sit as long as you like--the staff does not make you feel rushed.

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Providence, RI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Ups and Downs, but worth the visit!”
Reviewed August 6, 2006

I was exhausted by the time I got here from a long day at the Zoo and Mutter Museum, so I have to give it the benefit of the doubt.

If you have a lot planned and not a lot of time, the museum is opened until 7:45 on fridays rather than 5:00 like other days.
This is when I visited it, and it was not crowded and there was a celtic "with an edge" band playing which added to the experience. They also offer dinner and appetizers when you sit and watch the band, but it is a rip-off, so we just watched them from the second level and as we walked through the exhibits closer to where they were playing

The Ups...
1. The exterioir is amazing and running up the steps like Rocky is half the fun.

2. The band and no crowds on the friday 5 - 7:45

3. The special exhibit was Modern art and there were many cool displays such as one with 200+ globes and another with a lot of potatos.

4. Photography (no flash) is allowed in most of the museum

5. Free coat / bag check it.... although they make you do it, at least they dont charge and it was efficient

the downs....

1. too much asian art. boring.

2. a lot of furnature and bedrooms. in my opinion this is not the place for this crap.

3. No photography in the special exhibits!!! all i wanted to do was photograph the modern art to show friends and family!! i dont want to photo the asian art and van gogh's that everyone has seen before!

overall, its is a must in the city!

enjoy it, hope this was helpful!

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2005

I think the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a world-class museum. The museum has a great number of collections and usually 1-2 interesting temporary exhibitions. The entrance fee is a little expensive but you could easily spend a whole day visiting all the different collections. When it is busy, start on the second floor in the Asian and Islamic Sections, they are both well worth a visit. The free guided tours tend to be good with very knowledgeable volunteers. The audio tours are about $ 5.00 and you can tour at your own pace, they are interesting with good background information. They have jazz music in the Great Hall at the bottom of the gorgeous staircase with the large statue of Diana on most Friday evenings (5 p.m.-8:45 pm) and the collections are open to visit, it is usually not that busy especially now in the winter session. You just pay to get into the museum, (the jazz is free). Sundays tend to be crowded, so get there early.

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Good collection, horrible policies. I am never setting my foot there.”
Reviewed November 12, 2005

Now, I must be honest, the collection is interesting. But the treatment of visitors is horrible. Apparently you can not wear a bag on your back, no matter how small it is. My bag is made like a tiny backpack and tends to slip down when worn on one shoulder. But their rule is that you can not wear it on the back since you might back into a painting. First of all, one has to be really disoriented to do that, and I seriously doubt that this rule totally eradicates the necessity to touch up the paintings from time to time. Second, it is really inconvenient not to wear the bag the way it is intended and there is no guarantee that wearing the bag on the side one can not harm the painting unintentionally at all. Third, there is no such rule in Louvre, Hermitage and Metropolitain.
Bottomline is, the management who did not have much to do decided to look busy by inventing harrassing rules. I am never setting my foot there again unless this rule goes.

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